Story   Photographer   Editor   Student/Intern   Assistant   Job/Item

SportsShooter.com: The Online Resource for Sports Photography

Contents:
 Front Page
 Member Index
 Latest Headlines
 Special Features
 'Fun Pix'
 Message Board
 Educate Yourself
 Equipment Profiles
 Bookshelf
 my.SportsShooter
 Classified Ads
 Workshop
Contests:
 Monthly Clip Contest
 Annual Contest
 Rules/Info
Newsletter:
 Current Issue
 Back Issues
 Subscribe
Members:
 Members Area
 "The Guide"
 Join
About Us:
 About SportsShooter
 Contact Us
 Terms & Conditions


Sign in:
Members log in here with your user name and password to access the your admin page and other special features.

Name:



Password:







||
SportsShooter.com: Member Message Board

Circular Polarizer for sports?
Jeff Lack, Photographer
Midlothian | VA | USA | Posted: 9:48 AM on 11.22.10
->> I'm shooting an afternoon football game this weekend and was wondering if using a circular polarizer would be useful in reducing the glare off the running backs face guard? Since it is a day game with plenty of sun, I'm thinking the stop loss wouldn't that critical.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 10:02 AM on 11.22.10
->> Jeff,
If you can figure out a way to keep the angular relationship between your camera, the sun , and players constant, a polarizer might help. Otherwise, I believe not.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Andrew Malana, Photographer
San Diego/Tokyo | CA | USA | Posted: 11:42 AM on 11.22.10
->> How about just exposing for the glare and getting real tight. Might look cool.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Bryan Hulse, Photographer
Nashville | Tn | USA | Posted: 8:02 PM on 11.22.10
->> I've used one when shooting in the sun, backlit (with my 200-400). It works great.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 2:59 AM on 11.23.10
->> It'll also boost your color saturation and give you a dynamic range advantage due to the brights not blowing out as much. Be sure of your shadow situation, though, plays running in and out of shadows will play heck on your results; a shot that looks good in full sunlight will go almost completely dark in shade with polarizers. Just be ready for the adjustments you're going to have to make in that regard. But if most of your playing field is going to be exposed to full sunlight, I say go for it, it'll really make your results pop!

Jeff's comment about the sun's angle is a point well taken, because circular polarization effects maximize with a 90-degree angle on the sun's rays. But the angular issue is really not an issue in this kind of shooting because you are always going to be keeping more detail in your brights by reducing glare and then boosting your color saturation as well.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 8:18 AM on 11.23.10
->> When shooting into the sun I always push the exposure compenstation (in Av mode) to make sure the faces are exposed correctly and shoot tighter (as Andrew suggested). I would think a polarizer would create more issues for you. Just my 2 cents.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Bob Donnan, Photographer
Winston-Salem | NC | USA | Posted: 11:01 AM on 11.23.10
->> Jeff,

Polarizers are great for photographs that are wider and show more of the scene. They add that punch in saturation that Phil talked about and can be really beautiful images. In my experience they are not as helpful when you are trying to do general game coverage and shooting tight sports images. If you do use it for a lot of the football game you have to be really careful when you move to different spots around the field to keep the filter oriented correctly.
 This post is:  Informative (0) | Funny (0) | Huh? (0) | Off Topic (0) | Inappropriate (0) |   Definitions

Add your comments...
If you'd like to add your comments to this thread, use this form. You need to be an active (paying) member of SportsShooter.com in order to post messages to the system.

NOTE: If you would like to report a problem you've found within the SportsShooter.com website, please let us know via the 'Contact Us' form, which alerts us immediately. It is not guaranteed that a member of the staff will see your message board post.
Thread Title: Circular Polarizer for sports?
Thread Started By: Jeff Lack
Message:
Member Login:
Password:




Return to -->
Message Board Main Index
Chris Covatta thinks Arthur Bryant's BBQ is better than Gates Ask him why! ::..